Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters.

Region 7

Canada

  • University of Calgary Robotics and Automation and Computer Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter

Region 8

Greece

  • Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Central Macedonia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch

Romania

  • Romania Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter

Spain

  • University of Alicante Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

United Arab Emirates

  • United Arab Emirates Section Joint Chapter, Engineering in Medicine and Biology/Computer/Robotics and Automation Societies

Tunisia

  • Ecole Nationale D'Ingenieurs De Tunis Robotics and Automation and Sensors Council Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
  • National School of Electronics and Telecommunications (ENET'Com) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Region 9

Argentina

  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Facultad Regional Tucumán (FRT) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Bolivia

  • Bolivian Catholic University - Cochabamba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Colombia

  • Institución Universitaria CESMAG, (Centro de Estudios Superiores María Goretti) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • Universidad Santiago de Cali Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

El Salvador

  • Universidad de el Salvador Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Nicaragua

  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Peru

  • Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola (USIL) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Region 10

Bangladesh

  • University of Dhaka Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

India

  • Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Pakistan

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • University of South Asia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

The United Nations announced it has launched a high-level panel on digital cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates of software titan Microsoft), and Jack Ma, head of China’s e-commerce titan Alibaba Group. The 20-member panel will “identify policy, research and information gaps, and make proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space.”

RAS is pleased to have the field of robotics & automation represented through the expertise of member Edson Prestes.

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Read the full Press Release here: https://www.un.org/en/digital-cooperation-panel/

Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel.

  • To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:
  • Be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields
  • Have experience reflecting professional maturity
  • Have been in professional practice for at least ten years (with some credit for certain degrees)
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member in order to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.

Lafifa Jamal
Bangladesh Section
University of Dhaka

Hui Xie
Harbin Section
Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering

Haibin Yu
Harbin Section
Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA)

Guangcan Liu
Nanjing Section
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Zhidong Wang
Tokyo Section
Chiba Institute of Technology

Ashwin Dani
Connecticut Section
University of Connecticut

Gene Kern
Pittsburgh Section
Oxford Solutions, Inc

Craig Carignan
Washington Section
University of Maryland

Richard Vaughan
Vancouver Section
Simon Fraser University

Eftychios Christoforou
Cyprus Section           
University of Cyprus

Richard Bearee
France Section
École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM)

Paolo Frasca
France Section
The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Katherine Kuchenbecker
Germany Section
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Olaf Haenssler
Germany Section
University of Oldenburg

Luigi Freda
Italy Section
Inglobe Technologies

Marco Carricato
Italy Section
Università di Bologna

Mohammad Al-Abed  
Jordan Section
Hashemite University

Gabor Sziebig
Norway Section
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Weifeng Liu
Norway Section
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Daher Sayfeddine
Oman Section 
Khatib & Alami

Juan Moreno
Spain Section
Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Charles Phiri
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
University of Portsmouth

Rafael Aroca
South Brazil Section
Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)

Ibrahim Fahad Jasim Ghalyan
Benelux Section
New York University

Domenico Formica
Italy Section
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

 

Congratulations to the following Authors for their outstanding achievement as recipients of RAS Publication Awards!

The following awards were announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium 
25-28 March 2018 in San Francisco (CA) USA

IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Award  

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in the previous year.

“Characterizing and Imaging Gross and Real Finger Contacts under Dynamic Loading”
Séréna Bochereau, Brygida Dzidek, Michael Adams, Vincent Hayward
IEEE Transactions on Haptics; vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 456-465, October 2017

IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award  

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in the previous year.

“Using Pot-Magnets to Enable Stable and Scalable Electromagnetic Tactile Displays”
Juan José Zárate, Herbert Shea
IEEE Transactions on Haptics; vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 106-112, January 2017

 

The following awards were announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 
21-25 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia

IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics in the previous year, and was presented by Frank Park - Editor in Chief.

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"On-Manifold Preintegration for Real-Time Visual--Inertial Odometry”
Christian Forster, Luca Carlone, Frank Dellaert, Davide Scaramuzza
IEEE Transactions on Robotics; vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-21, February 2017

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters in the previous year, and was presented by Antonio Bicchi - Editor in Chief.

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"Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation"
Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Jan Issac, Manuel Wüthrich, Stefan Schaal, Jeannette Bohg
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 577-584, April 2017

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine in the previous year, and was presented by Bram Vanderborght - Editor in Chief.

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“A Robotic Bird of Prey”
Gerrit Adriaan Folkertsma, Wessel Straatman, Nico Nijenhuis, Cornelis Henricus Venner, Stefano Stramigioli
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine; vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 22-29, September 2017

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering in the previous year, and was presented by Eugenio Guglielmelli - RAS VP Publications.

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“A System for Automated Detection of Ampoule Injection Impurities”
Ji Ge, Shaorong Xie, Yaonan Wang, Jun Liu, Hui Zhang, Bowen Zhou, Falu Weng, Changhai Ru, Chao Zhou, Min Tan, Yu Sun
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1119-1128, June 2017

 

 The following awards will be announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) 
20-24 August 2018 in Munich, Germany

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering in the previous year, and will be presented by Michael Wang - Editor in Chief.

“Generalized Wavelet Shrinkage of Inline Raman Spectroscopy for Quality Monitoring of Continuous Manufacturing of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper”
Xiaowei Yue, Kan Wang, Hao Yan, Jin Gyu Park, Zhiyong Liang, Chuck Zhang, Ben Wang, Jianjun Shi
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 196-207, March 2017

 

The 14th International IERA Award for Robotics and Automation has three winners on the top of the podium this year:

  • Perception Robotics (USA) wins with the "Industrial Self-Cleaning Gecko Gripper," a Gecko-style gripping solution that uses NASA technology for industrial automation.
  • KUKA Deutschland wins with "LBR Med," a collaborative robot assistant for medicine & research as well as new applications.
  • Lely International (Netherlands) wins with the "Discovery 120 Collector," a barn floor cleaning robot that cleans solid floors in the dairy industry

"The close cooperation between research and industry is very important for the robotics industry," says Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics. "Based on modern scientific research, world-class products are being developed - this has been demonstrated by all three winners."

"This year a number of excellent applications competed for the IERA Award," says Dominik Bösl of IEEE-RAS. "Our winners in 2018 offer excellent technological innovations in various industries. Therefore, this year the jury decided to award first place to three winners."

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left to right: Dominik Boesl, Awards Chair & Vice President IEEE RAS; Martijn Buijs, Lely; Dr. Nicholas Wettels, Perception Robotics; Michael Otto, KUKA; Clemens Duijnisveld., Lely; Frank Steeneveld, Lely; Junji Tsuda, IFR President (©Thomas Plettenberg)

Perception Robotics (USA): Gecko Gripper

The technology underlying the gecko gripper is based on the model of the gecko, which can climb on smooth surfaces. The reptile uses physical forces of attraction between foot and surface (van der Waals forces). Based on the work of NASA (JPL) and Stanford University, Perception Robotics has developed a gripping solution for the manufacturing industry using this natural model in collaboration with NASA-JPL. In contact with smooth and rough materials, millions of tiny stalks on the robot arm produce a highly adhesive effect, with which, for example, sheet metal or glass pieces can be moved. The gecko gripper arm was deployed in sheet metal processing in 2017 - Perception Robotics sees an important future market in the manufacture of solar panels.

KUKA (Germany): LBR Med, lightweight robot

The LBR Med Robot Assistant from Kuka Deutschland supports a variety of tasks in medical research and practice and works in close proximity to humans. In laboratories, clinics or operating theatres, the lightweight robot takes over various tasks depending on the tool and program - for example, during medical interventions, treatments or scientific test procedures. The LBR Med has seven axes and particularly sensitive sensors that are suitable for human-robot collaboration. The robot component can be integrated into medical devices worldwide and has been tested and certified to international safety and quality standards. LBR Med, for example, has biocompatible and corrosion-resistant surfaces and, with internal connections, meets the hygiene standards in medical practices, clinics or operating theatres.

Lely International (The Netherlands): Barn floor cleaning robot

The Discovery 120 Collector navigates a programmed route through the barn and is controlled on its way by built-in sensors. The robot vacuums up the manure on solid walkways. The machine can spray water at the front and the back for dilution and cleaning. The in-built vacuum pump sucks the manure inside - once the tank is full, the Discovery drives to the dumping location. Here, the cleaning robot empties the tank and refills the water bags before returning to the charging station. Lely launched the Discovery 2017 in several European countries as well as the USA. In the future, additional countries will be added.

About IERA-Award

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the IFR jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

FORGET THE ROBOT SINGULARITY APOCALYPSE. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MULTIPLICITY

Ken Goldberg

The robot revolution we are in the midst of is actually way more interesting. Goldberg calls it the multiplicity. “Multiplicity is not science fiction,” he says. “It's something that's happening right now, and it's the idea of humans and machines working together.” So welcome to the future, where robots do things like gently hand us screwdrivers instead of stabbing us with them.

Read the full artcle here: https://www.wired.com/story/forget-the-robot-singularity-apocalypse-lets-talk-about-the-multiplicity/

RAS SIGHT projects are not only providing humanitarian assistance, but are also highly regarded and recognized by the community!

The project “Enhancing the Speak Up! Suite of Voice Powered Games,” was completed by Amal Nanavati, M. Bernardine Dias, & Aaron Steinfeld, Carnegie Mellon University (PA), USA. It was created to support and train the deaf community in developing areas of the world. The “Speak Up! suite of voice-powered games” includes activities where, for example: student voice propels a vehicle forward, students vary their volume to move a bird up and down, and student voice gradually reveals a flashcard. The games have been in use at a school for the deaf in India for over 2 years. In this project, the team conducted fieldwork to understand the strengths and shortcomings of these games and further improve upon them.

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Project Lead, Amal Nanavati recently presented “Speak Up” at the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (paper here), as well as Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate research symposium. The project was fortunate to receive two awards at the research symposium:

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's award for "Best Multi-Year Project," which awards projects that have "positive impacts on individuals' quality of life and health."

The Dietrich Humanities Prize, which awards projects that "best exemplify the humanities as they are understood at Carnegie Mellon."

Biographical Information

Amal Nanavati recently received a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Computer Science and Global Studies. In addition to robotics research, he spent his time outside of class teaching Computer Science at under-resourced Pittsburgh K-12 schools through Teknowledge, a student organization which he co-founded and led. He will be spending the next year as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan, doing research in robot learning from observation under the guidance of Dr. Takayuki Kanda at Kyoto University. After that, he will begin a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Community Partner Information

The Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind is a nonprofit, founded in 2001 by Ms. Gubbi R. Muktha. Ms. Muktha had been in an unfortunate road accident in 1986, which resulted in losing mobility for almost three years, during which she regularly visited the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre of the Disabled in Bangalore. At the rehabilitation centre Ms. Muktha came into contact with many blind people, who were struggling with mobility and were extremely dependent on family and friends. She was moved. In her own words, “Just because a child is blind does not mean he or she should become a burden to their family and society. Just because a child is blind does not mean they are worthless. They have so many other strengths and talents which can be harnessed for their benefit and for the benefit of their family and society. I realized that God had a bigger plan for me.” In 2001, she founded the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind with the original goal of creating a residential school for blind children in and around Bangalore. The Mathru Educational Trust has since expanded, and it now runs two residential schools for disabled children and countless other charitable projects. The site of this project was the Mathru Centre for the Deaf and Differently-Abled, which was established in 2012 to serve students with hearing impairments and multiple disabilities. Learn more about all the Mathru Educational Trust’s projects at http://www.mathrublindschool.org/

 

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society is seeking qualified recipients for prestigious awards!

The Nomination Deadline is Wednesday, 1 August.

Awards

Who are Leaders in the robotics and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2018.

Details for each award, including eligibility, nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found here:
www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/society-awards

2nd Call for Participation:
Entrepreneurship Forum and Startup Contest (EFSC 2018) in conjunction with the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent
Robots and Systems (IROS 2018)

3 October 2018 
Madrid Municipal Conference Centre
Madrid, Spain 

Purpose of the Event

Robotics are on the verge of a new area. While at the beginning of this millennium, robots that were design to serve humans in their daily life, were still exotic niche products. Twenty years later, new service robot applications are breaking their way into the market almost weekly. It is not the traditional robotics industry, however, which drives this development. It is startups and small companies who play the icebreaker and take all the risk that comes with creating a new market.

To foster that entrepreneurial spirit and to provide a platform to encourage researchers and practitioners to transition ideas and prototypes to commercializable products, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) invites the robotics and automation community to participate in an Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-up Competition (EFSC) at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2018) in Madrid, Spain.

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable, and empower researchers, students, young professionals, and anyone else who has the 'start-up bug' in starting companies of  their own but is not sure of how to go about it. We also believe that this event will create an ecosystem that will provide the much-needed support for start-ups to launch their initiatives while being realistic about their envisioned ideas and products.

Organizers

Erwin Prassler (H-BRS/runfun, IEEE RAS past VP for Industrial Activities)
Fabio Bonsignorio (Heron robots)
Renaud Champion (Primenext)
Jon Agirre Ibarbia (Tecnalia)

EFSC at IROS'18 Consists of Three Stages

- In the first stage, submitted applications will be down-selected to arrive at a pool of qualified applicants based on a defined set of criteria developed by the organizers (see 'Application Form' information below).
- This will be followed by a remote stage where the selected applicants will be paired with coaches based on the proposal content and the expertise of the coaches. The coaches will then critique, and provide technical and professional assistance to refine the idea/product
pitches.
- The final stage would allow for the refined pitches and content to be presented in front of a distinguished panel of venture capitalists, industry, and academic experts who have successfully funded, transitioned and have experience in commercialization of robotics and automation technologies.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone with an idea utilizing robotics and/or automation technology that has reached a proof of concept level is welcome to submit an application provided the entity is 1) less than 3 years old, and 2) has not received a total funding larger than 500 KEUR since its inception.

How to Participate?

Interested applicants should complete the Application Form available for download from here: PDF, MS Word.
Please email completed forms to efsc@iros2018.org.

Travel Support and Awards

We will provide travel support for all qualified applicants invited to IROS'18. Teams from Europe will be eligible to a 750 EUR travel grant, teams from overseas will be supported with a 1500 EUR grant. In addition there will be a financial award for the top three finishers (pending funding  approval at the time of this Call). Qualified applicants will further receive a free mini-booth in the IROS'18 exhibition area for an interactive presentation of their product (idea).

Important Dates

Submission of Application Forms: 30 June 2018
Announcement of Selected Applicants: 31 July 2018
Coaching on demand: August 2018
Final Presentations at IROS'18: 3 October 2018

More Information

Is available here: https://www.iros2018.org/efsc2018

 IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine is soliciting nominations for two new Associate Editors, to begin in January 2019. The Associate Editors play an important role in maintaining the caliber of the magazine by ensuring the quality of published articles by implementing reviews of technical features according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting interesting and topical material articles for publication in the magazine, guiding the overall direction of the publication and providing feedback from the readership through e-mail conversations, teleconferences, and twice-yearly in-person meetings held in conjunction with IEEE Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

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Associate Editor terms normally consist of a one-year probation period followed by two years of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Applicants should have a strong technical background and excellent English language skills.

Nominations

Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in other capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations as a single pdf file to IEEE Robotics & Automation Society at ras@ieee.org by 1 September 2018.

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